A History of Violence: Why I Loved Cop Shows, and Why They Must Change

A History of Violence: Why I Loved Cop Shows, and Why They Must Change
I broke into television criticism because of my love for a show about a racist, sexist, alcoholic cop who used the N-word and beat confessions out of suspects. I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the past few months.

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